Nearly 1.9 million children under 15 were treated in emergency departments for sports-related injuries. Prevention of sports injuries is extremely important, especially for those who suffer frequent and common occurring injuries. There are a range of products and exercises to help prevent future injury.
Clive Woods, DO
Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery
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Does safety equipment help or hinder in the prevention of concussions?
Harry Kerasidis, MD, Neurology, answeredThere’s no such thing as a “concussion-proof” helmet. The helmet may protect the exterior of the skull from cuts and bruising. But inside the skull, the brain floats in fluid and when enough force is applied, the brain can experience an injury at the point of contact and on the opposite side from a rebound. The brain is a sensitive organ housed inside a skull with shelfs and ridges, so the helmet cannot prevent concussion.
Additionally, as absurd as it may sound, studies have shown that safety equipment could be one of the reasons concussions occur! People adjust their behavior in response to the perceived level of risk. They become more careful when they sense greater risk and less careful if they feel more protected. This is known as “risk compensation.”
When an athlete, especially youth athletes, put on their protective equipment it can lead to a feeling of invincibility. The athlete now is more likely to engage in risky behavior because of a confidence that the gear will protect him from injury.
It is vital for coaches and parents to be aware of the phenomenon of “risk compensation” and communicate to their athletes that the use of protective gear should not be a reason to take more risks or be more aggressive. Coaches should also teach and stress the use of proper techniques (i.e. tackling lower) that reduce the level of risk to the brain.
Why is it hard to diagnose knee problems?
Scott Martin, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, answeredDiagnosing knee problems can be complicated, in part because of the large number of possible causes of knee pain. Patients are not always able to pinpoint the exact location of their pain, and injuries may not be clearly visible on imaging tests. In some situations, a physical examination and the information you provide are sufficient. But most diagnoses require at least an x-ray, and in some cases the doctor may recommend more advanced imaging and laboratory tests to determine the cause and extent of damage. But be aware that even expensive tests such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may not be conclusive or even useful. While MRI may reveal an abnormality, it may not be the source of the pain. Studies show that MRI can be too sensitive and often reveals abnormalities in patients who have no pain.
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